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Unread 08-15-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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Try plugging a space heater into the same GFI outlet and see if it trips out. That's a pretty good load on the line. Also, if you have access to compressed air, use it on all the outlets and plugs protected by that GFI in case there is some stray moisture hanging around those connections.
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Unread 08-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #12
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Thanks as always for all the great advice! This forum is really cool - I hope I can help someone else out sometime!
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Unread 08-16-2011, 08:31 AM   #13
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Yes, the polarity is correct, already checked that. Thinking about it, I believe there are a few outlets inside of my camper that are not on GFI circuits. I will give one of those a try next time I go down to the camper and see if I can narrow it down to the GFI being the problem.

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ALL outlets inside and outside a camper are GFI protected . . . one outlet is GFI and others are "slaves" from the main one . . . at least in my trailer . . .
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Unread 08-16-2011, 08:42 AM   #14
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Thanks - I'll check into that - all the newer ones probably are and mine is an '09.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 08:34 AM   #15
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You can't run a charger on a modern GFI for any long length of time as they are sure to trip. I was running xmas lights (led) and even those low wattage bulbs were tripping the GFI after several hours. My charger also tripped the GFI after a while, so I asked an electrician what was up. He said, not to run anything that runs for a long time on a GFI, as it will get hot and trip. He also said it will shorten the life of the GFI. Somebody, please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #16
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A local electrician that works exclusively in mobile home and RV parks says that the wiring for mobil homes and RV's are far too light a guage ( 14 guage or less )? And also if park power system is older than about 2000 ( at least in our area ) that it also is too light and very possibly have aluminum wiring ( Mobil Home 100 amp panel, RV 20-30 amp panel ) and with heavy draw because of summer air conditioners and winter electric heat pulls whole system and ruins GFI's that should be replaced at least every other year?
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:04 AM   #17
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make sure you didnt jump the hot wire
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could be wired backwards
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RV's/Camping Trailers have to be built to national electrical code . . ie, proper wire sizes for appropriate circuit breakers . . . I run my CC charger off a GFI protected outside outlet on my camping trailer and it has never faulted requiring reset . . . always works . . .
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Unread 08-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #20
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i also charge mine on a GFI. it only faults when i leave it out in the rain.
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